11th June to 16th June


In Sonaugi, Himachal Pradesh

A 5-day mindfulness retreat in the Himalayas

let's travel outside, to dive within.

What is ARTCATION all about?

ARTCATION with Project Aaina is a holistic retreat experience that merges art and vacation into one transformative journey, redefining experiential travel. It's about embracing creativity, connecting with oneself, and immersing in the beauty of nature, while exploring new destinations. Through a carefully curated itinerary, participants engage in various art forms, mindfulness practices, and outdoor activities, fostering self-reflection and growth. It's an opportunity to unwind, recharge, and create lifelong memories in the company of like-minded individuals.
Wondering if you have to be an artist to join us? Well, let us give you some awesome news, you already are one! You do not have to be a master of the craft to know art. We are here to inculcate artistic expression through the free flow of conversations and experiences. We help build a safe space for our guests to explore their creativity, build meaningful connections, and share their stories. With intense research and spiritual application, we have curated sessions that allow our guests to establish a deeper connection with their emotions, letting go of the self they have created to reach out to the self that sits within. 
The sessions include art, movement-based activities, yoga, meditation, sound healing, breath work, drum circles along with various recreational sessions.
NOTE: You don’t need to have any background in Art or be an Artist. It’s about flowing from one medium to another.

When is it happening?

11th to 16th June 2024


Where is it happening?

Just a few kilometres away from the bustling town of Manali, nestled amidst the grandeur of the Himalayan mountain range, lies a hidden gem that has the power to soothe your soul - Sonaugi village. It's hard to describe the magic of this place, where the serene and tranquil air wraps around you, and the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar range tower above you. Located at an altitude of 1920 M / 6300 ft, Sonaugi is a world away from the crowds of Manali.

Legend has it that the land was named Sonaugi, or the "Land of the Golden Crop", after nearby villagers discovered fields of golden wheat growing here. Today, Sonaugi is a picturesque retreat for the senses, with towering Himalayan Cedars (Deodar) embracing the landscape on three sides, and lush apple orchards stretching out as far as the eye can see.

Where will we stay?

Indulge in a luxurious stay at The Sonaugi Homestead by Banjara Experiences, a charming and serene abode that promises to enchant you with its rustic allure. Painstakingly hand-built by Italian architect Eris Binda in the traditional Kath-Kuni construction style, this retreat seamlessly blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings, offering a tranquil haven for you to unwind after a day of exploration.

The Retreat boasts of well-furnished, comfortable rooms, enveloped by the verdant mountains and snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Every room exudes a rustic charm, with its wooden decor and earthy color tones, ensuring a cozy stay. The panoramic views of the mountainside and snow-clad peaks in the distance will take your breath away.

What are you Investing in?

What is the price of investing in yourself?

You can experience this entire Retreat for a budget of-

Triple Occupancy- INR 49,500/- per person

Double Occupancy- INR 56,500/- per person (limited seats on first come, first serve basis)

(All the slots for double occupancy are full)

(Early bird, student, and group discounts available)


Actual cost of Stay, Food & Transportation for 5 days- INR 33k

Program, Experience, 15+ Workshops/sessions, Materials & Curation fee- INR 16k

A portion of this money is used to provide activities for underprivileged children & women

Travel (Meeting Point)

THE MEETING POINT WILL BE Chandigarh on 11th of June 2024 AT 10 PM 

What’s the group size?

We keep the group size limited to 12 participants, to curate a personalized experience

What’s the day-wise journey like?

DAY 1 - 12th June 2024

DAY 2 - 13th June 2024

DAY 3 - 14th June 2024

DAY 4 - 15th June 2024

DAY 5 - 16th June 2024

Why should you join this retreat?

The reasons are simple:

For those of you who don't understand anything except bullet points, here you go: 

Don't think about it too much, you deserve this break! 

Contact us and book your slot right away.

The Location




* You are requested to respect Nature, the culture of the region, and the sentimental values of the locals. You must refrain from acts of littering, intoxication in public areas, and disrespecting people, animals, or any places of worship at all times.

* We at Project Aaina do not support the use of any kind of Intoxication since we’re here on a spiritual journey. The use of drugs, alcohol consumption and smoking is prohibited during the retreats.

*You have to be 18+ to attend our retreats. If you are below 18, we will require you to submit an NOC signed by your parents or guardian.

*All meals provided during the retreats will be vegetarian. The ingredients will be locally sourced with an aim of keeping meals fresh and nourishing, enhance the authentic cuisine experience.

* You are responsible for yourself and your belongings for the entire duration of the Retreat. The organisers are not responsible for any theft or loss of your personal belongings or for any personal injury caused to you. The organisers are also not responsible for any personal effect during or post the trip due to Covid - 19. We are trying our best to take precautions, and your help and cooperation are appreciated.

*Uninformed movement by participants during the day and night outside the property is strictly prohibited; the host or the organizers will not be responsible for any unforeseen circumstances.

* Payment policy-  You can temporarily book your seat by paying the registration fee online. Interested individuals are requested to pay the full payment inorder to secure their spot for the retreat.

* Refund policy- The registration fee and the advance payment is a non-refundable amount under any circumstances, however, we understand that an unexpected change of plans is always a possibility, so if you are unable to attend your Retreat, you can transfer your slot to someone else, do let us know at least two weeks before the start of the Retreat.

* If a Retreat has been postponed/cancelled due to Covid or any natural disaster, the payments shall be adjusted towards the rescheduled Retreat.

* A Covid - 19 negative test certificate is mandatory if you haven't got both doses of vaccine.

* If you have been previously tested positive, make sure you have completed the general self-quarantine time period of 7 days, and also given your body and mind time to recover. If your symptoms have subsided, you are most welcome. Take a test again, as the negative certificate is mandatory.

* Masks and personal sanitisers are mandatory on the trip. Make sure you carry them. It's for your own safety, and for the safety of your fellow co- travellers. Little precautions can go a long way. You are requested to help us in this, and be aware of taking necessary precautions.

*We don’t support any kind of mistreatment/bullying. Consent is a very important factor in the case of every participant and team member at Project Aaina. Happy hugs are always welcome.

*You will be asked to leave the retreat immediately if you fail to follow the above-mentioned policies.